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ValleyCats a Capital Region success (with videos)

The Tri-City ValleyCats held their media day Thursday at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in advance of their New York-Penn League season opener Monday at Vermont.

The 'Cats will play their home opener Wednesday against Vermont.

I talked with 'Cats general manager Rick Murphy about what has made the team a big success in their first 10 years in the Capital Region. The team has set a season-attendance record for eight consecutive years.

"It's a tribute to our staff," Murphy said. "I know our staff is one of the hardest-working staffs in professional sports. We set our goals out at the end of the previous season, and we work hard to achieve them. Along with that is the Capital Region really is the right size market for the New York-Penn League. We have a consolidated season. It's a 15-week season, when you break it down. It’s 38 nights. It allows us to treat each game as it’s own event, and capture as much excitement and enthusiasm and target a particular demographic."

To see more of my interview with Murphy, click here.

I have two more videos.

To see 'Cats manager Stubby Clapp talk about the team, click here.

'Cats fans will be able to order food from the concession stand without leaving their seat. To see how, click here.

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